Pollution Control Standards

ORSANCO sets Pollution Control Standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges to the Ohio River, and tracks certain dischargers whose effluent can seriously impact water quality.  The standards designate specific uses for the Ohio River, and establish guidelines to ensure that the river is capable of supporting these uses.  To keep pace with current issues, ORSANCO strives to review the standards at least every three years.  As part of the review process, workshops and public hearings are held for public input.

Review Process for Ohio River Pollution Control Standards:

Each review consists of the following steps:

1. An initial public comment period, in which comments are sought on all aspects of the Standards.
2. Consideration of the public comments received and formulation of specific proposals for revisions to the Standards.
3. A second public comment period on specific proposed revisions.
4. Consideration of comments on proposed revisions and Commission adoption of revisions.

Current Review of the Pollution Controls Standards

ORSANCO completed two public review periods for the current review of its Pollution Controls Standards. All information for the two public review periods is available below. No final action has been taken at this time.

2018 Second Public Review of Pollution Control Standards: June 26 – August 10, 2018 (Extended to August 20, 2018)

Click here for all materials and comments received from the second public review period which took place June 26 through August 20, 2018 (now closed).

2018 Initial Public Review of Pollution Control Standards: January 10 – February 24, 2018 

Click here for all materials and comments received from the initial public review period which took place January 10 through February 24, 2018 (now closed).

2015 Revision to Pollution Control Standards (Current Revision)

Click here for the 2015 Standards.